The Chairman of Coalition of PDP Support Groups in Rivers State, Barr. Ebenezer Osarosaka, has appealed to the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike to consider members of the coalition for appointment as Commissioners,Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants in his second term.
The appeal was made last Friday at the Rivers State Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party during the official inauguration of the body and swearing-in of newly elected executive members.
Osarosaka also called on the leaders of the PDP to give mandate to men and women with vision who would advance the mission of the party when elected. According to him, doing so would enable the party win elections easily at the polling units.
He also stated that the unity of purpose of Rivers people gave the PDP resounding victory at the polls, insisting that such unity was also responsible for the coming together of about 250 different political pressure groups to form the coalition in March 2019.
He stressed that with the formation of the coalition, the PDP would continue to win in all elections in the state.
Osarosaka further called on all the members of the coalition to always take part in the activities of the party,adding that loyalty to the party by members is required to strengthen the party .
In his own speech, the chairman of the inauguration committee, Hon. Edwin Ibanichuka noted that the group was blessed with eminently qualified persons who can handle positions of trust in the state.
Meanwhile, a 24- member Executive Council was inaugurated. They include Barr Ebenezer Osarosaka as chairman, Hon.Edwin Ibanichuka, 1st vice chairman, Chief Lawrence Uche Lawrence, 2nd vice chairman, Hon.Godson Madinus, Secretary General, Barr.Comfort Uche Agumagu, Legal Adviser 1,Amb.Emeka Uzur, Financial Secretary and Amadi Conference Wigochi, Provost1 as well as Joseph Opusunju, Publicity Secretary.
Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.
With various complaints and pettitions by communities impacted by the activities of illegal sand dredging and mining in the Bayelsa State, the state House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill to regulate the operations of sand dredging to ensure that the environment is not adversely impacted on.
The bill tagged ” Regulation of Sand Dealing and Dredging Operations Bill 2019″ according to the House Committee on Environment is aimed at gathering inputs from experts, technocrats and the public in order to formulate a people-friendly bill that will serve the best interest of Bayelsans.
The House Committee Chairman on Environment and member representing Nembe Constituency one, Hon. Ebi Ben Ololo noted that the public hearing became necessary on the need to remediate the environment and tackle the challenges posed by sand dredging operations in the state.
” The importance of this bill cannot be overemphasized because it can save lives. You are aware a number of times so many communities and their representatives have sent pettitions to this House, specifically the Chairman House Committee on Environment as per the environmental degradation that has taken place as regards the illegal sand dealing and dredging activities in various communities all around the state”, he said.
“With those number of complains and pettitions we thought it wise to put up a bill to take care of those issues. Most important thing is that we all know that public hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary Committees obtain information, deal with the information obtained and also exchange views with experts and the public so as to fine-tune whatever bill there is for the public hearing to come up with a top class bill that will be people- friendly and also save lives of the people in Bayelsa”, he added.
” Lots of suggestions, contributions, opinions and interactions have been made as regards this very important bill, like we have assured the representatives of the various groups that we will go back in our committee, look at those very important areas where they have suggested and also fine tune the bill. So that in no distant time we will come up with a very formidable bill that will stand the test of time. That the people will benefit from”, Ololo reassured.
He lauded participants for their insightful contributions and opinions during the public hearing, promising that the Committee would do justice to come up with a bill that would meet the expectations of Bayelsans.
In her contribution, House Chief Whip and member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2, Hon. Ebiowu Koku Obiyai lamented the deliberate connivance between communities and the sand dealers, warning that if nothing is done to regulate the activities of sand dredgers Bayelsa communities will be eroded away.
The House Whip also expressed concerns on the activities of companies carrying out dredging business near bridges and sued a delibrate efforts by all in order to save the bridges from collapse.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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